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Companies Rush to Use Inactive Lands After Govt Announces Seizure

More than 100,000 acres of land permitted to some 270 private companies for business activities in Irrawaddy Division’s Maubin District remain inactive more than 20 years after confiscation.

Maubin District was hit the hardest by land confiscation in Irrawaddy Division, particularly in the 1990s, when the military regime grabbed hundreds of thousands of acres in Maubin, Nyaungdon, Pantanaw and Danubyu townships before leasing it out to large companies and private businessmen.........Read more


Over 2,000 people protest against coal-powered factory in Mon State

Over 2,000 people gathered in Mon State’s capital on July 21 to protest a coal-fired cement plant.

Local residents have been objecting to the Kyaikmaraw township factory’s use of coal since last year. However, the US$400 million Mawlamyine Cement Limited factory opened in June despite the locals’ concerns that pollution could cause public health and environmental problems.

The factory uses 40-megawatts from a coal-fired power plant and nine-megawatts produced from a waste heat generator.........Read more


Most complaints to state review committee concern land disputes

fter more than a year accepting complaints from Mon State residents, the most common issues brought before the Hluttaw (parliament) are land disputes, according to committee records. The complaints are handled by the Mon State Complaint and Appeal Letter Review and Assessment Committee.

The committee, which was formed in March 2016 had received over 900 complaints through the first week of July, not including another 400 letters sent directly to the speaker of the Hluttaw Daw Tin Ei.......Read more


Rakhine farmers still waiting on oil pipeline compensation

Farmers in Rakhine (Arakan) State’s Ann township said they have yet to receive compensation promised in return for land they allege was ruined by the construction of a controversial oil and gas pipeline.

U Myo Lwin, chair of the Ann township pipeline affairs watchdog group, blamed the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) for the delay, claiming it has failed to pass on the list of farmers who have not received compensation.....Read more

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Mother Land (part 1)

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Jetsu Garden and Generals Village

Land Grabbing in Mingaladon.